steeking – a knitting thing

by kath_red on 02/02/2006

in knitting+crochet+yarn

I originally wanted to talk about the knitting olympics being organised by yarn harlot, but then when I checked in over there I noticed the picture of knitting with some lovely old scissors. Reading on I was intrigued by her discussing steeking and I had to look it up for myself.

yarnharlot-steeking

Basically steeking is cutting in armholes after you have knitted in the round. Knitty.com has a good tutorial on it written by wendy who also has a comprehensive knitting blog.

update:
misocrafty let me know about ‘see eunny knit’s‘ comprehensive steeking tutorials. (and misocrafty has an interesting turkish cast on tutorial)

Oh and back to the knitting olympics, crazy stuff, the rules:
Concept: You must cast on a project during the Opening Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics (Feb 10)- and finish before the Olympic flame goes out (Feb 26). That’s 16 days.
Lots of teams being formed: can’t keep track of them all – please leave a comment if you are or have formed a team and especially if your team has a group blog.

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1 Jeanne February 2, 2006 at 3:20 am

Meg Swansen has a great technique for crocheting a steek. I think it’s in Sweaters from Camp and another book of hers. This is important for me because I hate sewing knits on a machine. More info on crocheted steeks here.

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2 Jackie February 2, 2006 at 3:28 am

I’m a member of Team Boston, our website can be found here:

http://obsessiondujour.typepad.com/teamboston/

And to Knitters – steeking is about the craziest, counter-intuitive technique out there (I mean, *cut* your knitting?? I usually am very careful to keep scissors far away from what I’m working on). But as scary and counter-intuitive as it is, it’s also pretty magical and super cool, if you can get past the cutting part.

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3 Joelene February 2, 2006 at 6:44 am

Kath,

I don’t know if you have seen this yet but Eunny just posted a complete steeking chronicle. from planning there placement, the different types of steeks, to cutting and blocking.

here is the link:

http://www.eunnyjang.com/knit/2006/01/steeking_chronicles_the_should.html

there is so much great info here! Plus she just posted her own pattern, a vest, with complete steeking instructions!

I haven’t had a chance to mention, love the site! What an amazing undertaking!

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4 kath_red February 2, 2006 at 11:08 am

thanks for the tip joelene -

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5 Lanie February 2, 2006 at 10:37 pm

Team USA is up & running over at Yahoo! Groups.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/teamusakal/

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6 tammie February 3, 2006 at 12:53 am

here is the site for north carolina
http://craftyncer.typepad.com/team_nc/

i am so excited about the knitting olympics – a major challenge
there are teams everywhere – and already 2100 people have signed up

love this site, by the way – a fantastic meeting place!

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7 tammie February 3, 2006 at 1:10 am

lots of fun buttons for the knitting olympics here:
http://knottygirls.com/jenlablog/index.php?p=491

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